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Sharp will reportedly start building OLED TV panels next year

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:52:00 -0400

(image) Now that Sharp is under new ownership by Foxconn, it may have big plans for a return to TV prominence. In a move that could explain a sudden push to recover the use of its name from Hisense, the Japanese company apparently has a plan to add OLED TV p...

Rockstar Games, Take Two seem to back off of PC game modders

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:02:00 -0400

(image) Earlier this month, Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two angered the PC gaming community after sending a cease and desist letter to the developers of the OpenIV modding tool. OpenIV allowed people to create modifications for GTA IV and GTA V single pl...

Report: Obama authorized a secret cyber operation against Russia

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:26:00 -0400

(image) President Barack Obama learned of Russia's attempts to hack US election systems in early August 2016, and as intelligence mounted over the following months, the White House deployed secrecy protocols it hadn't used since the 2011 raid on Osama bin La...

'Titanfall 2' DLC adds another weapon slot and new maps on June 27th

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:19:00 -0400

(image) It might be hard to top Titanfall 2's last DLC release that dropped the first new playable titan since the game launched. But the mech-filled multiplayer shooter's next free content block will add something back that fans have been wanting for months...

Facebook’s latest app is designed just for video creators

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:11:00 -0400

(image) In a bid to keep its creator community happy, Facebook announced that it's planning a whole new app just for them later this year. It's essentially a video creation app made just for its star broadcasters, who are also the same folks who are deemed w...

Nike’s SNKRS app uses AR to help you buy limited-edition shoes

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:06:00 -0400

(image) Nike is the latest company to join the augmented reality craze. The sportswear giant has started using the tech to sell limited-edition kicks through its SNRKS app, with the system's first drop being the Nike SB Dunk High Pro "Momofuku," a model desi...

‘Modern Warfare Remastered’ heads to PS4 without the bundle

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:36:00 -0400

(image) If you were disappointed that you had to keep the $80 disc for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in your gaming rig to be able to play the better-reviewed Modern Warfare remaster, you're in luck. Publisher Activision has announced that it will reverse t...

FCC greenlights OneWeb to deliver satellite internet in the US

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:10:00 -0400

(image) Providing internet to remote users beyond the telecom grid has always been a difficult dream to realize. But as Trump assured supporters in Iowa yesterday that better rural broadband would get looped into his infrastructure plans, the ambition at lea...

Wallet-busting Galaxy Note 8 expected to launch in September

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:46:00 -0400

(image) VentureBeat reported today that the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 will be Samsung's most expensive model yet. The phone is expected to retail for €999 -- which should put it somewhere around $900 -- and will likely launch in late September. The informa...

Instagram tests sharing posts with only your closest friends

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:23:00 -0400

(image) Instagram's algorithmic timeline is an abject failure if you actually want to see all of your friends' posts. As a way of seemingly admitting that, the photo-and-video-minded social network is testing a new feature called "favorites," according to Th...

Oliver Stone's unhealthy treatment of hacking in Hollywood

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:02:00 -0400

(image) What's so compelling about Oliver Stone's recent four-part interview series with Vladimir Putin is probably not what the multi-Oscar-winning director intended. It's the same thing that makes his Snowden biopic its own sort of cipher after the fact....

China targets livestreaming in latest censorship crackdown

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:42:00 -0400

(image) China just shut down livestreaming on three major media platforms -- Weibo, the news site iFeng and the video website ACFUN. China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television sent notices to the companies ordering them to...

Google will no longer scan your Gmail for ad targeting

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:21:00 -0400

(image) Gmail is the de facto standard for personal email accounts, with more than more than 1.2 billion people using the free service. One criticism, however, is that Google scans your email for keywords so it can better target ads directly to you. Not anym...

Surface Pro review: Microsoft's best hybrid notebook plays it safe

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:00:00 -0400

(image) The Surface Pro is everything we've ever wanted from Microsoft's Surface line. It fixes the few remaining problems from the Surface Pro 4, a machine that I adored. And yet, it's far less exciting than its predecessors. It's the second incremental upg...

YouTube’s mobile app will adjust to display videos of any size

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:42:00 -0400

(image) YouTube is having a pretty busy week. The Google-owned video site announced six new shows for its new Red Originals program, its YouTube TV initiative expands to ten new metropolitan markets in the US and its new VR180 technology aims to change the w...

Current theories might be wrong about how a galaxy evolves

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:23:00 -0400

(image) With the help of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, researchers made a surprising discovery that goes against what we thought we knew about old galaxies and how they evolve. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is a disk-shaped spiral galaxy. Typical of this shape...

'Pokémon Go' badasses can now play Raid Battles

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:02:00 -0400

(image) Some Pokémon Go players can now start working in groups to take on powerful creatures in Raid Battles, one of the long-awaited features for the popular augmented reality game. There's a catch, though: Pokémon trainers have to be level 3...

An algorithm customizes exoskeletons to fit a person's needs

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:39:00 -0400

(image) Scientists have been studying exoskeletons in nature for years, and they've been trying to figure out how to adapt them for human use. After all, a powered exoskeleton could change the lives of people who have mobility issues, whether due to age, inj...

Google's neural network is a multi-tasking pro

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:18:00 -0400

(image) Neural networks have been trained to complete a number of different tasks including generating pickup lines, adding animation to video games, and guiding robots to grab objects. But for the most part, these systems are limited to doing one task reall...

Watch SpaceX launch and land a reused Falcon 9 rocket

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:57:00 -0400

(image) Today, SpaceX will hopefully launch and land a Falcon 9 rocket that it's already flown to space. The launch window opens at 2:10 PM and lasts for two hours; launch time is currently scheduled for 3:10 PM ET. You can livestream the launch, with commen...

Some Uber employees want Kalanick back in the CEO chair

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:36:00 -0400

(image) Travis Kalanick stepped down as Uber's CEO earlier this week, leaving the CEO, COO, CFO and general counsel positions open. But while he's no longer head of the company, Kalanick is far from gone. He's still a member of the board and controls the maj...

Twitch's latest marathon is a six-day 'MST3K' binge

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:15:00 -0400

(image) B-movie lovers rejoice, for social video platform Twitch is set to air a Mystery Science Theater 3000 marathon lasting a mind-numbing six days. The stream, which features 38 classic episodes, will air on Shout! Factory TV's new Twitch channel from Ju...

The best wireless outdoor home security camera

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:02:00 -0400

(image) By Rachel Cericola This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its wo...

Symantec refuses Russia request for source code access

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:41:00 -0400

(image) Security firm Symantec will no longer allow Russian authorities to inspect its source code, according to Reuters. "It poses a risk to the integrity of our products that we are not willing to accept," the company's Kristen Batch said. The worry is tha...

The next video game controller is your voice

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:20:00 -0400

(image) For all of modern gaming's advances, conversation is still a fairly unsophisticated affair. Starship Commander, an upcoming virtual reality game on Oculus and SteamVR, illustrates both the promise and challenge of a new paradigm seeking to remedy tha...